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October 18, 2018 at 6:34pm

I just moved to Lafayette. Need to find an honest outboard repair shop in this area. Any recommendations?

October 17, 2018 at 6:21pm

Absolutely the worst opening day ever at Catahoula since I started hunting in 1963. We had one green wing come in range and that was it.

November 18, 2017 at 8:40pm

What is the salinity like at Vermillion Bay?
Is it still fresh around Marsh Island?

June 21, 2013 at 11:04am

Went out of West Cove Sunday and before I could get anywhere my hub on prop stripped out. So I was stuck in West Cove. The water was clear between Rabbit Island and the landing but no fish. I know some people caught some reds in the marsh and by the weirs, but what about trout in the lake? Please somebody post something!

May 30, 2013 at 7:18pm

Please God Make the wind stop and make the flood go away. And a little rain in West Louisiana wouldn't hurt either. Amen

May 22, 2011 at 10:32pm

Does anyone know how to predict the tides in Calcasieu lake? I can't figure it out. Went there Saturday expecting the tides to be down somewhat due to the North winds but they were really LOW! and they did not rise all day. If you look at the tide guide for Calcasieu Pass Lighthouse wharf in LA Sportsman it is nothing like what goes on in the lake. Everything was just a mud flat. Grounded out trying to get to Long Point.
We lucked up and caught 7 flounders. I think they bit just so they could get out of the mud.

April 17, 2011 at 5:38pm

Caught a limit of specks at Long Point on live shrimp under cork. Had to catch 2 hardheads for every trout, but it was worth it. Then went to the south opening of West cove and tried to get some reds. Caught about 15 rats and was able to stretch 3 of them to 16 inches. Caught most of them carolina rigging live shrimp in the current breaking around the point. Also had to contend with the hardheads there. But it was fun.

June 02, 2010 at 1:48pm

From the LDWF website.


Release Date: 04/20/2010
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Oyster Strike Force arrested two Sulphur men on April 8 for oyster violations.

The agents observed Allen Dwayne Duraso, 38, and Richard John Geronimo, 46, as they attempted to sell 25 sacks of shell stock oysters, which is 10 sacks over the allowed daily limit of oysters harvested from Calcasieu Lake.

Duraso sold 15 sacks of shell stock oysters without a current vessel license. Duraso and Geronimo then sold another 10 sacks of illegally caught shell stock oysters from their second trip using false boat registration numbers.

Duraso was cited for violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster regulations, no vessel license and intentional concealment of oysters. Geronimo was cited with violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster regulations, intentional concealment of oysters and injuring public records.

The penalties for not having a vessel license is punishable by a fine of $250 to $500, or jail time for up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. For violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations, the two face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Injuring public records carries up to five years of imprisonment with or without hard labor, and a fine up to $5,000 or both.

Agents involved in the investigation were Lt. Remy Broussard, Lt. Billy Gomillion, Senior Agent Beau Robertson, Senior Agent Bryan Robertson, Agent Ronnie Engelhard and Agent Michael Flurry.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

April 21, 2010 at 6:05pm

Well, I talked to Patrick Banks and Capt. Marceaux of the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries today about the oystermen. And yes they know about all the boats that have been dredging at Calcasieu. But, they think they are mostly LA boats. They say if they were from Texas the local commercial fishermen would be up in arms. They say the real reason for all the activity is the fact that oyster prices are so high. $25 a sack. So since each "boat", not fisherman, can harvest 15 sacks a day. So some of them have licensed more than one boat, and can therefore fill 15 sacks, go back and get boat #2 and catch 15 more and so on. They set up a covert sting last Thursday and couldn't catch any body breaking the law. So, since these guys can make $2625 per boat per week legally, they are making hay while the sun shines and there is nothing LDWF can legally do about it. If they do it 7 days a week that's over $11,000 per month they can make. The season closes Apr. 30 and this will stop. The only thing we can do is try to get the limit changed for next season that starts next October.

April 14, 2010 at 7:28pm

On a lighter note, has anyone caught any fish lately?

April 13, 2010 at 7:55pm

Well I made the mistake of believing the weather forecasters again. The forecast was for smooth and sunny, and I got 15 to 20 mph winds, cloudy and rain. And cold to boot. Plus the tide wasn't moving, but I was ready for that. only caught a 15 1/2 in. rat red and 2 flounders. BUT, I was not able to fish any of the reefs I knew of in West Cove because there were oyster dredgers working every one of them. At first I thought they were boats on the fish, but as I got closer I could see they were dredging. It looked like a lawn crew mowing the grass. boat after boat back and forth over the reefs. I counted over 20 between Rabbit Island and the south bank. Then there were 6 more at the cut where the butterfly boats used to be. I headed north and saw more at the north cut. This has to be having some impact on the lake. I have never seen any oyster dredging going on before. The Wildlife and Fisheries needs to see what impact it is having. Most Louisiana oystermen have leases where they seed and harvest. I don't think they hit the wild stock like this. It is scary.

April 11, 2010 at 12:02pm
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October 18, 2018 at 10:44am
A comment titled: Re: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit in response to a report titled: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit

I will never give up on the LAKE. And those that spend so much time working on their blinds. Those that have permanent blinds should be allowed to keep them. That is how the lake has been hunted since long before it was famous in other parts of the country. I would do something to lower the pressure on the ducks though. Like stopping hunting after 2 PM, or limiting the size of a decoy spread. I just gave up on my blind spot. It was not worth the work for the limited success I was having. I still go when I get invited by someone else. But back in the day, my life revolved around that lake.

September 21, 2016 at 8:21am
A comment titled: Re: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit in response to a report titled: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit

DCDUCK then you remember the good ol days when the pintails would fly the lake by the 1000's all day. and how there would be a vortex of ducks coming into the reserve the afternoon after a big front. And when the water got too high everyone hunted the woods line. Back when the woods were only a couple of hundred yards deep. The USACE and the 1973 flood ruined the lake. The flood gave the corps an excuse to close off half the Saline swamp. And manage the water so the lake bottom silted in, which caused the woody vegetation to creep in. The reserve holds no ducks anymore. Might as well do away with it and let all those people whining about the permanent blinds hunt it in their kayaks. I quit fightin it about 10 years ago after 45 years of living for it. It aint the same.

September 20, 2016 at 7:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit in response to a report titled: Catahoula Lake Lawsuit

drbob, that would only work if you also took out the Archie Control Structure, which keeps Little River blocked, therefore needing the canal to drain the lake.
Before the canal and the Archie dam, the only way the lake was flooded for duck season was the Catahoula commission built an earthen dam ever fall at French Fork. There was no control of the water level. Once that damn was there whatever happened happened. at the end of the season they would dynamite that dam. and unless we had a flood like back in 1973 the lake would dry up except for the Little River channel, until we got a big rain or they built the dam back. Most of you can't remember those days.

September 20, 2016 at 4:24pm
A comment titled: My big dream in response to a report titled: Dularge report from 12-29-13 and 12-30-13

When I grow up I want to be a guide as long as I get to sleep till 7:00 or so. And can hire some kid to clean the fish and boat.
Maybe not.

January 01, 2014 at 6:24pm
A comment titled: Bla Bla Bla in response to a report titled: Dularge report from 12-29-13 and 12-30-13

Kenny L you longwinded spoilsport! We idiots love to whine about guides like Marty and Travis because we are jealous of them. They get to get up everyday at 4:00 am and get their boats ready. Then they get to take rich guys fishing. They get to help their wives and kids take smelly fish off their hooks in the cold and heat and rain. Then they get to clean all those slimy fish and throw their guts to the pelicans! Then they have to clean all that gear and stay up late till 9:00 pm or so and do it all again the next day! Thats why we are so jealous!
And then to top it off they take their little girls to the best honey holes and let them fish for free. And when regular fisherman pull up they tell you stuff like 'come on over closer, we got plenty of room'. And they have the gall to brag about it on LA

December 31, 2013 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Salinity at Vermillion bay in response to a report titled: Water salinity at Vermillion bay

Thanks for the info. 4 parts per thousand is still mighty low.

June 21, 2013 at 2:08pm
A comment titled: Thanks Captain Paul in response to a report titled: Tides at Big Lake

So how in the world can you plan a trip if you don't know what the tides will really do?

April 18, 2011 at 9:23pm
A comment titled: Sabine Refuge in response to a report titled: Pontoon boat - West Cove area?

If you want to fish West Cove launch at West Cove Landing on Sabine Refuge. Hog Island Gully landing is open again.
These are on Hwy. 27 between Hackberry and Holly Beach.

April 17, 2011 at 12:01pm
A comment titled: Big Gal stayed home in response to a report titled: Caught some yesterday

I left her home. I did catch some good trout. Only measured 2. Shouldn't have kept them. But caught them early and was afraid I wouldn't get more. Most were in the 18 to 20 inch range. But big and fat. I went Friday and Saturday and didn't do so good. Friday all my shrimp died and I had to use sparkle beetles and LSU cacahoes. Caught 6 big trout and 2 reds at west cove. Next day West cove was too muddy. So I started searching for the fish and found them at Long Point. Caught 7 big trout there but got scared off by a thunder storm. So I went back yesterday and put out the anchor and sat still till I had my limit.

June 02, 2010 at 4:38pm
A comment titled: Go see for yourself in response to a report titled: Wildlife and Fisheries

Those of you who keep commenting about this that hav'nt seen these guys in action need to hook your boat to your truck and go to Big lake and watch them. These aren't some kindly old guys from Empire out seeding and cultivating their oyster beds. These guys are more like a feeding frenzy. We don't have hundreds of miles of old bayous and canals and bays with spartina grass islands to fish. We have basically a big open lake with oyster beds. When the beds go the fish will go.

April 19, 2010 at 10:34pm
A comment titled: Last Comment about oysters. in response to a report titled: Wildlife and Fisheries

Although I have nothing against these guys making a living, I want to protect the reefs for everyone. These guys are overdoing it. LDWF is going to do research after this season is over and if they hurt the reefs, then next years limit may be lowered or even something stronger. So these guys may be killing their golden goose. If they aren't hurting anything then so be it. Have you actually watched them at work? I really don't see how they could not be hurting the lake.

April 15, 2010 at 5:24pm
A comment titled: Who owns wildlife? in response to a report titled: Oyster dredgeing at West Cove

In Europe before we were Americans only landowners could hunt or fish because the landowner owned the wildlife on their land. So when we set up our constitution we decided that the wildlife was owned by the people. Wildlife that crossed state lines was regulated by the Federal Govt. and resident species was controlled by the State Govt. So the PEOPLE of the State of Louisiana all own those oysters. The State DWF has the right to set regulations to harvest OUR oysters, and they do. Just like they do for OUR squirrels, deer, turkey and speckled trout and redfish. I do not have anything against commercial fishing, AT ALL! Unless it destroys OUR fishing.I don't like it when the shrimpers are working the lake either, but I can see that they have not harmed the overall fishing on the lake. If these guys aren't hurting anything then I don't have a problem with them doing it legally. I looked it up and the season ends Apr. 30. But if they are overdoing it LDWF needs to do something. They may even be helping for all I know. I just want to know!

April 11, 2010 at 4:21pm
A comment titled: Galveston Bay oysters in response to a report titled: Oyster dredgeing at West Cove

Looks like the Texas guys are here because Ike silted in their beds in Galveston bay. Go to this site and read it in the Galveston Newspaper.

April 11, 2010 at 2:44pm
A comment titled: I'm Chillin in response to a report titled: Oyster dredgeing at West Cove

I just never saw this before. But, There are lots of people that have made their living by destroying our states natural resources. These guys may not be hurting anything. I just want to know.
But, I don't care about the lively hood of a few Texas oyster fishermen if it destroys the fishing for thousands of Louisiana citizens at Calcasieu Lake.

April 11, 2010 at 1:18pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Oyster dredgeing at West Cove

I did not know there were seasons for oysters. Thanks. Why did the Texas oyster fisherman come here? Why was it shut down in Texas?

April 11, 2010 at 1:08pm
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